Department of Health unveils proposed new ‘standards for better health’

The Department of Health is consulting on 18 ‘new’ standards for better health as part of a wider consultation on the future regulation of health and adult social care in England launched yesterday. ‘Risk management and clinical governance’ is the subject of one of the standards.

The 18 standards are arranged into three groups as follows:

GROUP 1 – People’s health and wellbeing are better because the care and treatment they receive are safe and effective

1. Making sure people get the care and treatment that meet their needs safely and effectively
2. Safeguarding people when they are vulnerable
3. Managing cleanliness, hygiene and infection control
4. Managing medicines safely
5. Making sure people get the nourishment they need
6. Making sure people get care and treatment in safe, suitable places
7. Using equipment that is safe and suitable for people’s care and treatment and supports people’s independence, privacy and personal dignity

GROUP 2 – People’s health and wellbeing are better because the care and treatment they receive are personalised and fair

8. Involving people in making informed decisions about their care
9. Getting people’s ongoing agreement to care and treatment
10. Responding to people’s comments and complaints
11. Supporting people to be independent
12. Respecting people and their families and carers

GROUP 3 – People get better care and treatment because systems are operated to manage and deliver safe, effective, fair and personalised services

13. Having arrangements for risk management, quality assurance and clinical governance
14. Keeping records of the provision of care and treatment
15. Checking that workers are safe and competent to give people the care and treatment they need
16. Having enough competent staff to give people the care and treatment they need
17. Supporting workers to give people the care and treatment they need
18. Working effectively with other services

The consultation closes on 17 June 2008. Full information on the consultation can be downloaded here.

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